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1. WO2020157262 - DISPOSITIF MICROFLUIDIQUE ET PROCÉDÉ DE FOURNITURE DE GOUTTELETTES À DOUBLE ÉMULSION

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CLAIMS

1. A microfluidic device comprising :

a microfluidic section comprising a plurality of microfluidic units; and a container section comprising a plurality of groups of containers comprising one group of containers for each microfluidic unit;

wherein each microfluidic unit comprises a fluid conduit network comprising : a plurality of supply conduits comprising a primary supply conduit, a secondary supply conduit, and a tertiary supply conduit;

a transfer conduit comprising a first transfer conduit part having a first affinity for water;

a collection conduit comprising a first collection conduit part having a second affinity for water being different from the first affinity for water;

a first fluid junction providing fluid communication between the primary supply conduit, the secondary supply conduit, and the transfer conduit; and a second fluid junction providing fluid communication between the tertiary supply conduit, the transfer conduit, and the collection conduit;

wherein each first transfer conduit part extends from the corresponding first fluid junction,

and wherein each first collection conduit part extends from the corresponding second fluid junction,

and wherein each group of containers comprises a plurality of containers comprising a collection container and a plurality of supply containers comprising a primary supply container, a secondary supply container, and a tertiary supply container,

wherein for each group of containers:

the collection container is in fluid communication with the collection conduit of the corresponding microfluidic unit;

the primary supply container is in fluid communication with the primary supply conduit of the corresponding microfluidic unit;

the secondary supply container is in fluid communication with the secondary supply conduit of the corresponding microfluidic unit; and

the tertiary supply container is in fluid communication with the tertiary supply conduit of the corresponding microfluidic unit.

2. The microfluidic device according to claim 1, wherein each fluid conduit network comprises a transition zone provided between the first transfer conduit part and the first collection conduit part, wherein the transition zone extends between a first end and a second end thereof, wherein the first end is the end of the transition zone that is closest to the first transfer conduit part, and wherein the second end is the end of the transition zone that is closest to the first collection conduit part, and wherein a transition from the first affinity for water to the second affinity for water is provided within the transition zone.

3. The microfluidic device according to claim 2, wherein the transition from the first affinity for water to the second affinity for water comprises a gradual transition from the first affinity for water to the second affinity for water.

4. The microfluidic device according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the transition zone has an extension of less than 500 pm between the first end and the second end thereof.

5. The microfluidic device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the microfluidic device comprises a plurality of components forming the microfluidic section and the container section, the plurality of components comprising a first component and a second component being fixed to each other, wherein each fluid conduit network is formed in part by the first component and in part by the second component, and wherein the first component comprises a first substrate having a first coated zone and a first non-coated zone, and wherein the second component comprises a second substrate having a second coated zone and a second non-coated zone, and wherein, for each fluid conduit network, one of the first transfer conduit part and the first collection conduit part is formed in part by a primary part of the first coated zone and in part by a primary part of the second coated zone, and wherein the other of the first transfer conduit part and the first collection conduit part is formed in part by a primary part of the first non-coated zone and in part by a primary part of the second non-coated zone.

6. The microfluidic device according to claim 5, wherein the primary part of the first coated zone comprises a first primary part of the first coated zone comprising a first uniform coating thickness being within a range of 10 nm to 200 nm, and wherein the primary part of the second coated zone comprises a second uniform coating thickness being within a range of 10 nm to 200 nm.

7. The microfluidic device according to claim 5 or 6, as dependent on claim 2, wherein the transition zone comprises a secondary part of the first coated zone and a secondary part of the second coated zone, wherein the secondary part of the first coated zone extends from a first end to a second end thereof, the second end of the secondary part of the first coated zone being provided at a first edge of the first coated zone, and wherein the secondary part of the first coated zone comprises a coating thickness being zeroed out from the first end to second end thereof, and wherein the secondary part of the second coated zone extends from a first end to a second end thereof, the second end of the secondary part of the second coated zone being provided at a second edge of the second coated zone, and wherein the secondary part of the second coated zone comprises a coating thickness being zeroed out from the first end to second end thereof, and wherein at least one of the second end of the secondary part of the first coated zone and the second end of the secondary part of the second coated zone coincide with one of the first end and the second end of the transition zone, and wherein at least one of the first end of the secondary part of the first coated zone and the first end of the secondary part of the second coated zone coincide with the other of the first end and the second end of the transition zone.

8. The microfluidic device according to claim 7, wherein the coating thickness at the first end of the secondary part of the first coated zone corresponds to the coating thickness of the primary part of the first coated zone, and wherein the coating thickness at the first end of the secondary part of the second coated zone corresponds to the coating thickness of the primary part of the second coated zone.

9. The microfluidic device according to claim 7 or 8, wherein the secondary part of the first coated zone has an extension of less than 500 pm between

the first end and the second end thereof, and wherein the secondary part of the second coated zone has an extension of less than 500 pm between the first end and the second end thereof.

10. The microfluidic device according to any of claims 7-9, wherein the secondary part of the first coated zone and the secondary part of the second coated zone are not aligned with each other.

11. The microfluidic device according to any of claims 7-9, wherein the secondary part of the first coated zone and the secondary part of the second coated zone are aligned with each other.

12. A kit comprising :

one or more of the microfluidic device according to any of the claims 1-11; and

a plurality of fluids configured for use with the microfluidic device;

the plurality of fluids comprising : a sample buffer; an oil; and a continuous phase buffer;

the kit comprising an enzyme and nucleotides.

13. An assembly comprising :

the microfluidic device according to any of the claims 1-11 or the kit according to claim 12;

a receptor; and

a pressure distribution structure;

the receptor being configured to receive and hold the microfluidic device, the pressure distribution structure being configured to supply pressure to the microfluidic device when held by the receptor, the pressure distribution structure comprising :

a plurality of container manifolds comprising a secondary container manifold and a tertiary container manifold;

a plurality of line pressure regulators comprising a secondary line pressure regulator and a tertiary line pressure regulator; and

a main manifold;

the secondary container manifold being configured to be coupled to each secondary supply container of the microfluidic device,

the tertiary container manifold being configured to be coupled to each tertiary supply container of the microfluidic device,

the secondary line pressure regulator being coupled to the secondary container manifold,

the tertiary line pressure regulator being coupled to the tertiary container manifold,

the main manifold being coupled to each container manifold via the respective line pressure regulators.

14. A method of providing a microfluidic device according to any of the claims 5-11, the method comprising :

providing the plurality of components, wherein each component of the plurality of components comprises at least one side being configured to face and being configured to be attached to a side of another component of the plurality of components, and wherein, for each group of containers, one of the plurality of components accommodates at least the secondary supply container and the tertiary supply container;

assembling the plurality of components such that each component is fixedly attached to at least one other component, and such that the plurality of components forms a fixedly connected unit, and such that each fluid conduit network is formed in part by the second component and in part by the first component, and wherein the first component faces the second component; and

applying coating comprising : applying a first coating to at least a first part of the first component; and applying a second coating to at least a first part of the second component.

15. The method according to claim 14, wherein the method is a method of providing a microfluidic device according to claim 10 or 11, and wherein the step of applying coating comprises:

applying a first type of liquid to at least the first part of the first component and to at least the first part of the second component; and

applying UV light via a mask to at least the first part of the first component and to at least the first part of the second component subsequent to the step of applying the first type of liquid;

and wherein the step of applying the first type of liquid is carried out prior to the step of assembling.

16. The method according to claim 14, wherein the method is a method of providing a microfluidic device according to claim 11, and wherein the step of applying coating comprises:

applying a first type of liquid to at least the first part of the first component and to at least the first part of the second component; and

applying UV light via a mask to at least the first part of the first component and to at least the first part of the second component subsequent to the step of applying the first type of liquid;

and wherein the step of applying the first type of liquid is carried out subsequent to the step of assembling, and wherein the step of applying the first type of liquid comprises utilizing an inert liquid for blocking parts of the fluid conduit network.

17. A method of providing double emulsion droplets, the method comprising use of any of:

the microfluidic device according to any of the claims 1-11 or as provided according to the method of any of the claims 14-16;

the kit according to claim 12; or

the assembly according to claim 13 for the provision of double emulsion droplets;

the method comprising :

providing a first fluid to the primary supply container of a first group of containers;

providing a second fluid to the secondary supply container of the first group of containers;

providing a third fluid to the tertiary supply container of the first group of containers; and

providing pressure differences between each of the respective supply containers of the first group of containers and the collection container of the first group of containers, such that the pressure within each of the individual supply containers of the first group of containers is higher than within the collection container of the first group of containers;

wherein, when the method comprises use of the kit according to claim 12, the first fluid comprises the sample buffer, the second fluid comprises the oil, and the third fluid comprises the continuous phase buffer.